Celebrating his 27th birthday today is Anthony Criss, a rapper you
probably know better as Treach from Naughty By Nature. The rap trio are
best known for their hip-hop party anthems "O.P.P." and "Hip-Hop
Hooray." The group was formed in East Orange, N.J., in 1986, but
struggled to make it until they met Queen Latifah at a party in 1991. She
signed the group to her management company and helped get them signed
to Tommy Boy. Naughty By Nature’s self-titled debut came out later that
year, hit No. 16 on the pop charts and spawned the party jam of the
summer, "O.P.P," a song the group had originally recorded in 1989. The
album also contained the more hardcore "Ghetto Bastard" and a healthy
portion of songs with a dancehall-reggae flavor.
The group came back strong in 1993, releasing 19NaughtyIII and
yet another hip-hop party anthem, the No. 3 charting "Hip Hop Hooray."
At around the same time, Treach started appearing in such films as
Who's The Man? and Jason's Lyric. In 1995, the group
released Poverty's Paradise. The album reached No. 3 on the pop
charts, but is generally considered to be a bit weaker than their first two
recordings. The group's latest single is "Mourn You 'Till I Join You"
from the forthcoming I-95 Soundtrack.
Other birthdays: Roebuck "Pops" Staples (the Staples), 82; Tom
McGuinness (Manfred Mann), 56; Dave Munden (Tremeloes), 54; and Rick
Savage (Def Leppard), 37.